It’s a bit of a lull for comics this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to hit the local comic book store. It’s worth a trip for Siege #2 alone. Despite the $3.99 pricetag, Siege #2 is my suggestion for best pickup of the week. I was disappointed with the slow start in the series’ first issue, but writer Brian Bendis and artist Olivier Coipel knock it out of the park this time around.
It’s been a dark few years for the heroes in the Marvel Universe. House of M removed most of the mutant powers from the world. They lost the public’s trust in Civil War. They lost their trust in each other after Secret Invasion. They lost trust in the government in Dark Reign. But with Siege #2 it looks like the tide is finally turning in favor of the good guys.
Former supervillain and current top cop of the country Norman Osborn has decided that Asgard poses a threat to national security. He has rounded up his team of Dark Avengers and H.A.M.M.E.R., the national peacekeeping force, to invade the home of Thor and the other Asgardians. Things don’t exactly go as planned and much superhero excitement occurs, including the gruesome death of a significant player in the Marvel Universe and the return to action of an icon.
I was very hesitant about this series, but with this issue I’m solidly back on the bandwagon. After being forced into underground and operating out of the shadows, it looks like Marvel’s heroes are ready to retake the spotlight. I, for one, welcome them back with open arms.